Miconazole (On the skin)
Treats fungal infections.
Antifungal (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Some of these preparations may be available without a prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Cream, Spray, Ointment, Powder, Lotion
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
Clean and thoroughly dry the skin area before applying the medicine.
To use the powder, cream, lotion, or ointment, apply a thin layer of medicine over the affected area. Use this medicine each morning and each evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
To use the spray, shake the can well just before each use. Hold the can about 4 to 6 inches away from your skin and spray on a thin layer of medicine over the affected area. Do not inhale the fumes from the spray. Use this medicine each morning and each evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If the spray can clogs, remove the spray button and clean the nozzle with a pin.
Before using the effervescent tablet, clean your feet and dry them thoroughly. Fill a pan or foot bath tub with 1 gallon of warm water and drop in 1 effervescent tablet. Soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes, and then pat them dry with a towel.
When treating athlete’s foot, be sure to apply this medicine to the spaces in between your toes. Between treatments, keep your feet as dry as possible. Change your socks and shoes at least once each day. Wear shoes that fit you well and do not make your feet sweat heavily.
If a dose is missed:
Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Do not inhale the spray or use it near heat, open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture, break, or burn the aerosol can.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor how to dispose of the medicine container and any leftover or expired medicine.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to miconazole.
Do not use this medicine on a child under 2 years of age unless your doctor tells you to. Supervise any child who does use this medicine to make sure he or she uses it properly.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
This medicine is not for treating infections of the scalp, fingernails, or toenails.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
No improvement in athlete’s foot after 4 weeks of using this medicine.
No improvement in jock itch after 2 weeks of using this medicine.
No improvement in ringworm after 4 weeks of using this medicine.
Worsening of your condition.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Minor irritation of treated skin areas.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
More side effects of this drug
Brand names include
Aloe Vesta 2-N-1 Antifungal, Aloe Vesta Antifungal, Antifungal, Baza Antifungal, Carrington Antifungal, Critic-Aid Clear AF, Cruex Prescription Strength, Derma Gran AF, Desenex, DiabetAid Antifungal Foot Bath, Fungoid, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Miconazole 3, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Miconazorb AF, Good Sense Miconazole 3, Leader Miconazole 3 Combination Pack, Leader Miconazole Nitrate, Leader Miconazorb AF, Lotrimin AF, Micatin, Micro-Guard, Mitrazol, Monistat 1, Monistat Derm, Neosporin AF, QC Miconazole Nitrate, Secura Antifungal, Soothe & Cool Inzo Antifungal, Tetterine, Therasoft Antifungal, Triple Care Antifungal, Triple Care EPC, Zeasorb-AF
There may be other brand names for this medicine.